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2017 Governor's Awards in the Arts:
Media Award



Bowling Green, Ky.



Jahi Chikwendiu Mountain Workshops

Since 1976, Western Kentucky University’s Mountain Workshops have taught more than 1,500 students and professionals who have used the skills they learned to go out and tell stories all over the world.

The program, held each October, includes five concurrent workshops: Photojournalism, Video Storytelling, Picture Editing, Time-lapse Photography, and Data Visualization, as well as a journalism education workshop for K-12 teachers conducted in cooperation with a Kentucky-based nonprofit, Dataseam. Coaches include journalists from publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Time magazine and the Courier Journal. During the workshops, a website, a 100-page book, and a 50-picture print exhibition are produced from stories collected during the five-day program.

As of 2017, the Mountain Workshops have documented 36 Kentucky communities, each told through a variety of media. Workshop content from 2000 (when the program went fully digital) to the present can be accessed on its website, In the past 10 years, the workshops have averaged nearly 120 members that include students, coaches, and staff members.

Since its creation, the Mountain Workshops have been at the heart of WKU’s Photojournalism program. The workshops are the best example of what can be achieved in journalism education outside the classroom, with the support of journalism professionals, generous sponsors, and welcoming communities in Kentucky.

Along with its value of educating photojournalists, the Mountain Workshops also increase awareness of documentary visual storytelling in its many forms and continues to be an effective method of bringing the arts to the public through the media.




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